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Comment barely a nodding acquaintance (Score 2) 93

"computer scientists who had barely a nodding acquaintance with the disciplines at the heart of the problem"

I don't think who wrote this has any idea how much math is in the university curriculum for computer science in different parts of the world. While far from "proper" mathematicians, there are lots of places where CS grads have much more than a nodding acquaintance.

Comment land of the ... past (Score 1) 48

"TSR changes will stop telemarketers from dipping directly into consumer bank accounts by using certain kinds of checks and "payment orders" that have been "remotely created" by the telemarketer or seller"

Well, I'm actually very surprised the U.S. as an economy still stands. WIth credit/debit card security features still in the stone age and quite disturbing news like the above (well, the news is actually good, but the fact it tries to fix ridiculous idiocies this late are anything but) what's surpising is that there is any person at all in the country that has a yet unstolen card number and/or never been successfully schemed out of every penny.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 2) 291

"This is what they want to achieve, as when encryption is backdoored anywhere, its much easier to argue that everybody who uses non-backdoored encryption is a has something to hide and is a criminal suspect."

That's why strongly encrypted e-mail communication was doomed from the start - nobody wants to be treated a criminal or terrorist just because they are tech-savvy and or trying to protect actual - e.g., industrial - secrets from everyone, including prying government eyes.

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 2) 350

"I can think of many times I wish others would get pulled over for tailgating."

While I also hate tailgaters, as a European who spends many months each year in the U.S. I have to say average American driving habits sometimes make me pull my hair out. I know driving rules and habits are different, still, if most drivers would at least try to keep to the right, to at least try to drive fast enough to be close to the speed limit on highways (not forcing 65-goers to constantly change lanes), to signal lane changes (left and right, yes, both), and not to break randomly on the open road (i.e., even when there's nobody ahead for hundreds of yards), well then maybe I wouldn't curse so much while driving. Oh, and for f* sake, if you enter the freeway and don't plan to leave at the next exit then you might sometimes consider shifting left 1-2 lanes.

Well, going back to going "slow", that can be really annoying, however, speed limits are upper bounds and I don't think going 25 instead of 35 would warrant a fine in any circumstance.

Comment Re:This one's easy (Score 1) 195

"creating a good work life balance for your employees"

Well, what I expect from an employer is not to "create" a good work-life balance, but to provide an environment where a day's work can be ended (I didn't say 'finished' on purpose) at the 9 hour mark - unless the employee explicitely wishes to make longer hours for whatever reason - and not have any influence on the out-of-work time at all aside from making it possible to actually have out-of-work time.

"when you have a nice place to work, employees are ready to be payed less"

Yeah, I call BS on that. Most people actually work for a living, and deserve proper compensation for their invested talent and time. A "nice place to work" should not be a perk, but expected, and should not feel as something extra that one should be thankful for.

Comment the story of our lifelong learning (Score 1) 102

As always, it's the small-thinking idiots who start such pissing contests. E.g., they read some articles, take it as being some sort of unusual accomplishment and think, hey we should record this somewhere so we can brag about it to the other idiots out there. Meanwhile, real people read, watch, think, learn, and get by just fine without such lunacies, while these flocks of idiots spend their time gathering whatever idiotic records of their perceived accomplishments and whatnot.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 2) 346

It's fair to suppose they hate large volume torrenters, but seem to want to cut down on every big user. So, why don't they just limit torrent use and aside from that, leave the plans unlimited for any other use (e.g. constant netflix/hulu/youtube watchers)?

Anyway, 2TB seems pretty big to me. I'm following about a dozen shows at any given time, and, adding all my other internet activities, I hardly ever reach 100GB a month. I'd have to really think hard to come up with legitimate uses (besides home-run public servers, most of which are not allowed on non-business connections anyway) for 20x that data amount.

Comment future? (Score 1) 45

Well, FPGAs being the choice for NN implementations is just as a reiteration as the whole deep learning and convnet field is - which is quite OK, since we have now computational tools and resources that we never had before, thus a lot of the NN/convnet/deeplearning theory suddenly became applicable. However, FPGA implementations of artificial/cellular neural networks and convnets dates back something like 20-25 years now, so it doesn't sit well to suggest it's a new direction. What's new however, is that while they could only do max. ~30 fps template matching with FPGA-based NNs back in the days, on very low resolution images, today's FPGAs are real monsters and we can do a lot more now.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 588

"Well, I know that in public schools they will compromise the health of the rest of the student body by removing healthy nuts from the menu due to one child's allergy, so I would not be surprised if they required the school to hardwire every classroom."

Well, if they manage to actually reliably prove the kid's electromagnetic intolerance, which I don't think anyone ever could prove before, then yeah, they might make all schools rewire every classroom, plus they'd be the most famous people on the planet.

Comment giving up ... again (Score 1) 515

"This may cost us some amount of privacy, but we'll tend to get something in return: software that can do more things and that works better.

Well, crazy a** stupid. First, one should prove that what they expect us to give up is less than what we can expect to gain. We are _very_ far from that, oh, so very far it's not even funny. Also, I call bollocks on the quoted line of reasoning - what history has taught us repeatedly, so many times over, is that giving up our freedom and privacy for that "something in return" is not worth it.

And well, let's be honest, is Win10 really worth giving up anything? At all? Bleh.

Comment Re:Installer allows you to customize your settings (Score 2) 492

"3: ...on non-Enterprise systems, you cannot disable the forced updates. You can delay them on Pro, but not forever. So eventually, those files are going to find their way back on your system eventually... "

Not really true.

In the Home version, if you set your WIFI connection to be metered in network settings (so they don't download when they want), then use the KB3073930 to hide updates you don't want (also good for stopping some drivers to update), then basically you can delay the updates.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?